Seems like Graphis has been around forever. I stop by the website every once in a while, normally after clicking a link in an article, or clicking through from a logo in an image search. I think to myself, oh, this is good, I should add it to the site.

Then I go back to whatever I was doing.

So a number of years later than expected, here’s a signpost to the Graphis logo archives, where a record’s kept for the likes of these, and many more.

Our Price logo Thirkell CDT Design
Our Price logo, by CDT (Carroll, Dempsey and Thirkell)

For my international readers, Our Price was a chain of record stores in the UK and Ireland.

Endura Nail Corporation logo Mat Alancheril
Endura Nail Corporation logo, by Mat Alancheril
British Railways logo Design Research Unit
British Railways logo, by Design Research Unit
Murray Piano Services logo Mike Meadus
Murray Piano Services logo, by Mike Meadus
Academie de Musique logo Alain Rochon
Academie de Musique logo, by Alain Rochon
Yale Mountaineering Club logo Ian Jamieson
Yale Mountaineering Club logo, by Ian Jamieson
Asel Art Center logo Woody Pirtle
Asel Art Center logo, by Woody Pirtle

Some previously featured Woody Pirtle logos.

Decimal logo Samuel Kuo
Decimal logo, by Samuel Kuo
Lazar Greenhouses logo Alvaro Perez
Lazar Greenhouses logo, by Alvaro Perez

Of course, it’s not just logos on show. Graphis has a respected award program for posters, annual reports, photography, advertising, and more. One of my favourite studios, Baxter & Bailey (their Little Green Pig logo makes me smile), just picked up this trophy for a series of posters.

Graphis poster design award Baxter Bailey
The Graphis’ “G” trophy

That’s a nice trophy.

Graphis also publishes books and magazines on design, communication, and the arts, with a vast archive dating back to 1944 when it was founded in Switzerland by Walter Herdeg and Dr Walter Amstutz.

In 1986, the company was sold to B Martin Pedersen, and a few years later, the headquarters were relocated from Zürich to New York City.

Graphis. Worth another look.


A couple of true classics here. The beauty in simplicity of the Endura Nail Corporation logo, yet I wouldn’t be surprised if it got rejected in more modern times through a simple “but how does it scale” comment.

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